Boxerwood Gardens

Last week I took Rosalie and Llewyn to Boxerwood Gardens to play or in Llewyns case, to sleep for a few hours. We picked up some yummy food from Blue Sky Bakery and met my friend Sarah for an afternoon of fun! If you haven’t taken your kids there, you should, because they will LOVE IT. It’s always a good idea to wear old clothes and take a change of clothes (I learned that one the hard way..) Although, my kid prefers to just strip down into her undies and play like no one’s watching, and thank goodness no one was. It’s such a great place for kids to be kids, step away from the electronics, be outside and use their imaginations. It’s good for us moms too, just leave the phones in the car!

So, you know those commercials, the ones with the moms showing how unprepared they looks with the first baby, but then with the second baby, they look like a pro… I hope I look like that, because I most certainly don’t feel that way. Honestly, when I go out, sometimes I feel like I’m going on a mini vacation with like ten people. Especially now that I’m sporting a Honda Odyssey…yes, that’s a minivan… I mean the amount of stuff you can pack in those things…goat, dog, kids, double stroller, groceries …the list goes on! Really, I don’t know what I did before we got it. Now days it seems like everything takes three times longer, oh wait, because it does!! It takes hours just to get out of the house some days, and no, I only take a five minute shower, and that’s if I’m even able to take a shower. It just takes that long to get two little ones ready and to make sure you have everything you could possibly need while out with them and even then, I always forget something. Good thing I can’t forget Llewyn’s food!! 😉 Props to you mommas who have lots of kids, you ladies are rock stars!!! I don’t think I’ll ever be a “pro”  or make it look super easy like some women, but I know I’ll always love doing it… because man, what an awesome job we have! Here are a few pictures from our little outing. Enjoy!

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^^he was awake for like 4 minutes^^

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^^^Blue Sky Bakery is so, so good!!^^

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^^^^thanks sarah^^^

How much fun does that look?!

Love, a renalds


Our Summer

This summer is really flying by, well, this whole year is flying by! We’ve had a great past couple of months. Rosalie has really grown into a little person over the summer, and isn’t so much a baby anymore (she will always be my baby.) Rosalie and I had a bit of an obsession with carnivals over the summer. She loved the rides and I loved the funnel cakes and candied apples.. I think we went to a total of five carnivals over the summer. Since I was pregnant, David had the pleasure of going on all of the rides with Rosalie. The tall slides were a favorite, but I enjoyed watching him slide into the little cars and what not…gosh, I got a keeper! Rosalie and I went to the Natural Bridge Zoo, which I hadn’t been to since I was about her age, and I seem to remember it being a lot nicer back then. We also visited the Safari Park, which is Rosalie’s favorite place…not sure if it’s the birds or the fact that aunt Lily works there, but hey, that place is great! We also spent quite a bit of time at the pool, well up until I was to uncomfortable in a bathing suit (refused to wear a maternity suit.) Rosalie turned three, yes, I said it…THREE… at the beginning of August. One advantage to having a baby just three weeks prior to her birthday,  I blamed all the tears on postpartum depression. Still can’t believe how big she is. I was all excited to throw her a big party and go all out, but that girl is very simple. A camping trip with friends and family, and an Elsa (Frozen) cake was all she wanted. Oh, and stickers.. can’t forget those, especially because I’m still finding them stuck to EVERYTHING…thanks guys. She really had a great time, and we were able to use our camper for the first time this summer, which was exciting. Here are a few pictures.

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….that cake was pretty amazing, and Rosalie loved it and tried to keep Elsa’s face for days not letting anyone eat it. Finally, I threw it out and disguised my actions with doughnuts. Not ashamed. Llewyn basically slept the entire trip, including at night. That boy knows what his momma needs!! Rockstar baby!!

Love, a.renalds

Llewyn George Renalds

I’m so excited this post is my first in my new blogging journey. What a special time this has been for our family and I am so excited to share it! Bringing a baby into this world is one of the most exciting and wonderful gifts and I will cherish these memories always. Rosalie meeting him for the first time was the sweetest, most precious moment. She has only love for him, and claims that he is her baby. For the first few weeks when someone would ask her his name, she’d say Bill (not sure where that came from) I guess she thought she was naming him. She helps with diapers and even volunteers to nurse him….ha ha….

Llewyn was born July 19th at 1:27 in the afternoon, weighing 6lbs 14oz, and 19 inches tall.

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We are so in love with this little guy, and feel so blessed to have him here with us.


a. renalds